South West Rocks is a sleepy coastal town nestled along the banks of the Macleay River.
South West Rocks has a population of 4,304 and is comprised of approximately 51.0% females and 49.0% males. It has an indigenous population of 249 (5.8%) and the median age is 54.
South West Rocks is situated roughly halfway between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, near the mouth of the Macleay River, just under 30 minutes north east of Kempsey.
The closest airport is Port Macquarie, which is a just over an hour south of South West Rocks.
QantasLink operates daily direct services from Port Macquarie to Sydney. QantasLink also operates seasonal summer services (October – May) from Port Macquarie to Lord Howe Island.
Virgin Australia operate daily direct services from Port Macquarie to Sydney and Brisbane, with connecting flights to a wide range of destinations across Australia and internationally.
The major sources of employment in South West Rocks are:
- Retail Trade
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Accommodation and food services
- Public Administration and Safety
- Education and Training
The closest hospital is in Kempsey, 30 minutes south west of South West Rocks.
Kempsey District Hospital is a level three rural hospital that provides care to over 11,300 patients every year. Kempsey Health Campus has 81 beds, 10 of which are used for voluntary mental health patients.
Kempsey District Hospital has a 24 hour Emergency Department that is staffed by local GP VMOs supplemented by career medical officers. Surgical services include general, gynaecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, dental and endoscopies, day surgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedics (shoulders, arthroscopies – day stay or overnight procedures only), endoscopies & colonoscopies, some urology, elective and emergency Caesarean sections at designated level.
South West Rocks is supported by NSW Ambulance Service.
There are two general practice facilities in South West Rocks.
There is one public primary school in South West Rocks
South West Rocks Public School
The nearby regional centre of Kempsey (30 mins to the southwest) offers a number of private and public education options.
South West Rocks offers both out of school hours care and long day care services.
South West Rocks has an IGA and Coles supermarket as well as a few other retail outlets.
The nearby regional centre of Kempsey features most of the well-known national chains including, Coles, Woolworths, IGA and Aldi supermarket, Target Country, Millers and Sanity Music as well as other speciality retail stores. It also has a range of coffee shops, eateries and restaurants.
Place of worship in South West Rocks include, Anglican, Assemblies of God, Australian Christian, Baptist, Christian New Life Centre and Uniting. Additional options are available in nearby Kempsey.
South West Rocks offers beautiful beaches that are great for surfing and swimming all year round. Beautiful scenery, numerous beaches, and man-made attractions such as Trial Bay Gaol and Smoky Cape Lighthouse are a must to see and because of the warm ocean in the area fed by the East Coast current which flows down from the tropical regions it is possible to swim all year round.
If scuba diving is your thing, Fish Rock Cave, 2 km offshore, is one of the best cave dives in the country. It is a 125-m passage through the centre of a small island, with an amazing variety of marine life including grey nurse sharks.
With the larger regional centres of Kempsey (30 minutes away) and Port Macquarie (60 minutes away) close to hand, there are an abundance of quality dining, entertainment and recreational opportunities available within easy reach of this beautiful beachside community.